THEME: Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, we heard the words of the Apostle reminding all the faithful there to do the will of God, and that every members of the Christian community ought to play their part in living their lives faithfully as they should have. St. Paul exhorted everyone to live virtuously, in their various positions and obligations, in their respective parts of the community, to follow the path that God has revealed and set before them, and to be true Christians in all things, and not just for appearances only.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we then heard of the Lord Jesus speaking to His disciples and the people about the matter of salvation and who would be saved. The Lord highlighted that the path towards God’s salvation and eternal life is in fact one that is difficult and challenging, and that many in fact would not be able to enter into the kingdom of God. And He highlighted how many of those who have professed to believe in Him and in His words, would be denied entry although they claimed to be faithful, all because they did not actually have genuine faith in Him, and they did not truly love Him with all of their might and hearts.
To enter through the gate means to embrace Jesus with our whole heart, mind, and body. Those in the parable who thought they knew Jesus proclaimed, “We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.” They condemned themselves by their words, unwittingly confessing that they had no intimacy with Jesus. Any acquaintance could have made their claims. God wants our whole heart! More than one hundred verses in the Bible speak of God’s love for us.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (221), “God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.” To enter through the narrow gate is to love Jesus and live according to his word.
Peace be with You!